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Cardisoma armatum by Gironimo Cardisoma armatum by Gironimo
C. armatum is also known as the African rainbow crab, or (in German) Harlequin crab. In case you may ask: they do come in those pretty and intense colours :)
This cute little guy volunteers as one of my test animals for EMG studies on Crustacean leg muscles. I also tried working with Pseudosesarma moeshi, Eriocheir sinensis, Carcinus maenas and Cancer pagurus. Most of them are quite some assholes and for the sake of my fingers I stuck to these colourful small guys. Unfortunately a few months ago the EU changed the Animal Welfare Act which now leads to stricter regulations. Crabs are now seen as on the same 'level' as mice when it comes to narcosis and stress-levels. That's a nightmare for scientists who now spend almost more time writing applications instead of doing actual research. Ain't it funny how these rules are always made by people who don't know a thing about systematics and neurobiology?
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Gironimo Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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NicolasDominique Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So lovely crab :)
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Gironimo Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :) he really is a cute guy ;)
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WorldWar-Tori Dec 21, 2013   General Artist
This is a lovely shot; I really like the half above/half below water way you used; it gives an interesting feel to it. The focus and framing is also quite nice :heart: great work!
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Gironimo Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much for your kind words :) I am happy you like it!
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WorldWar-Tori Dec 23, 2013   General Artist
my pleasure :heart: it is very nice :highfive:
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SilverVulpine Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice capture. :)
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Gironimo Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's nice to hear, thank you :)
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Mouselemur Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is awesome :D
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